iFLY Indoor Skydiving

I’ve always wanted to skydive but jumping out of an airplane just didn’t make a lot of sense the older I became.

Ifly-indoor-skydiving-thoughtful-gift-ideaMy sister-in-law gave me a gift certificate to iFLY so I could fulfill my dream closer to the ground!

Indoor Skydiving

iFLY is indoor skydiving that simulates true free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel.

Their motto of “It’s where the dream of flight becomes a reality” really happened for me!

At age 65 I’m no spring chicken (a phrase my mother-in-law would say) but there have been lots of elderly people who have been brave enough to skydive.

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MoviePass | Watch One Movie in Theaters Every Day

Some people love being able to watch movies on their home entertainment system, but others love the original movie watching experience–in an actual movie theater!

moviepass-subscription-theater-theaters-thoughtful-giftThey want a cinematic experience that involves sitting in a dark theater watching a film on a three-story screen while listening to the audio come out of a massive speaker system. For them, it’s just not the same watching movies at home.

There is another reason some people love going to the movies.

They want to see a movie as soon as it comes out. They don’t want to wait months for it to become available on Redbox, on Netflix or on DVD.

Psst. I personally love the social aspect of watching horror movies inside a crowded theater–to feel dozens of strangers suck in their breath together in anticipation or to hear a blood curdling screen come from someone sitting in the row behind you.

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Money Savvy Piggy Bank | Educational Toy

- - Kids

Earn more money so you can buy more stuff.

money-savvy-piggy-bank-kids-giftI used to believe that about money, but I don’t anymore. Now, I see money as freedom to do what I want with my time.

I learned most of my personal finance skills as an adult from reading articles on The Simple Dollar website. Like many children, I didn’t receive money lessons at home that I needed to become a money savvy adult.

Schools don’t make it a priority to teach personal finance skills, so it’s something that must be taught by parents and family members to children–from an early age.

My son, Aiden, recently turned five years old, and he received cash from three different people for his birthday that added up to almost $100. Bingo! This is the perfect time to start teaching him some simple money lessons and smart money habits.

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Recreate the Pose of a Famous Photo

My boss, Dennis, loves the Beatles. And yes, he’s a baby boomer! His favorite album is Abbey Road with John, Paul, Ringo and George walking across a striped crosswalk on the cover.

recreate-the-pose-of-a-famous-photo-Abbey-Road-thoughtful-gift-ideaThe Beatles had many famous photo albums but this may be their fans’ most favorite.

For one of his retirement gifts, I recreated the famous Beatles photo with Dennis and his three Team Leaders who have worked with him for 20 years.

I scoped out the many streets in our city and found the white stripes in an intersection that would allow us to recreate the photo.

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Kids Traceable Thank You Card

- - Kids, Thank You

My mother taught me the importance of writing thank you notes, and I’m passing the skills of showing appreciation down to my own children.

kids-traceable-thank-you-card-noteI started with my oldest child, Aiden, when he was only three years old. I created Color In Thank You Cards since he could color at that age.

At age 4, I created Star Wars thank you cards, and he wrote his name on each one and decorated them with Star Wars stickers.

This year at age 5, I created a Traceable Thank You Card since he’s learning how to write uppercase and lowercase letters in Pre-K. The template has a place at the bottom for him to write his name.

He practiced his handwriting while learning proper manners and etiquette. Parenting win!

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Regift Swap Party

- - Christmas

The holidays gift giving season is fast approaching! Are you ready?

regift-swap-party-exchangeHave you started working on your gift list?

Have you purged your home to make room for the new items you and your family will undoubtedly receive?

Let me suggest something that addresses the two questions above, and now is the perfect time to start planning for it. It’s a fun time with friends that’s also friendly on your wallet!

Host a Regift Swap Party by inviting friends over to trade BRAND-NEW items–nice things that could be given as gifts.

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Peek-A-Boo Dog Lamp | Animal Lover Gift

Have you ever thought about a gift for someone but didn’t have a clue what to give?

Yeah, me too but when I see it, I know it!

dog-lamp-thoughtful-gift-ideaThat’s exactly what happened when I spotted this cute decorative peek-a-boo dog lamp at the Oklahoma Designer Show House.

Randy and I enjoy spending Sunday afternoons walking through beautiful homes with the newest floor plans, decorating trends, and unique furnishings.

While looking at the latest designer show home, I saw the “when I see it, I know it” gift.

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Genie Makes A Visit to Employees

- - Business

My friend, Jennifer, sincerely cares about the employees she supervises. More importantly, she doesn’t just tell them she cares, she shows them with her actions.

genie-makes-visit-employee-appreciationEvery two or three years, she does this thing for every member of her staff that she calls “Genie Makes A Visit!”

It’s such a fabulous concept because she is the genie and she grants them their wishes!

The Genie Grants Three or More Wishes

She hands out pieces of paper to her employees that ask the question, “What can I do to make you love your job or love your job even more?” and with space to list up to 20 wishes.

She requires them to write down at least three wishes.

Jennifer told me she tries very hard to grant every wish. If necessary, she’ll even take a wish request to the higher ups in her company if it’s not in her power to fulfill it. Wow!

Talk about going the extra mile for her people!

If she cannot fulfill a wish request, she takes the time to explain to the employee why she can’t.

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Welcome Gifts for New Boss

- - Business

I have a new boss for the first time in 20 years!

Deborah has worked at our agency for 34 years, and when our previous executive director announced he was retiring, she applied and was selected.

welcome-gift-lotion-for-new-boss-thoughtful-gift-ideaWe are so fortunate to have a new leader that is someone we already know and love!

First Day as Executive Director

Our Administration Team planned something fun and special for her first day to welcome her and show our support. We came up with several gifts and paired them with creative sayings.

Gift #1 – Lotion
Don’t worry if it’s extremely rough & bumpy, your Admin Team will help with a smooth transition!

Gift #2 – House Slippers
The Admin Team is like these slippers, we are your fiercest supporters! Welcome to the Team!

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Summer Break Quality Time With Each Child

- - Experiences, Kids

My friend, Carol, told me about a wonderful summer tradition she started in her family that I want to share with you.

summer-break-quality-time-child-experienceEach summer, she spends 5 days with each of her children, just the two of them.

She explained her children act differently when she is alone with them. For this reason, she loves to give them quality one-on-one time during their summer break from school.

She has done this for years with each of her children, and they always look forward to creating new memories together.

For each of the 5 days, she follows the same order of events every year.

Quality Time Over 5 Days

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